The thesis of this paper is that the solution to the world’s hunger crisis is not, simply, to increase production, try and curb the world’s population growth, and deal with the periodic food shortages and famines by giving food, technology and trade assistance. After having done extensive research, I have concluded that hunger in the world today is caused by the means of production and by the unjust structures of distribution in the modern, capitalist, agricultural system. It is my... Topic: Hunger--Religious aspects--Christianity.
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children. This is... Topic: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester.
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years. Secondly the Church has a role to play in taking... Topic: Episcopal Church--Clergy.
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract Topic: Van Waters, Miriam.
"The Christian Karens are the majority of Christian population in Burmese Christianity. For many decades, Christian Karens have represented the image of Burmese Christianity. Theologies of Christian Karens are considered as the theologies of Burmese Christians. The nineteenth century Christian theologies rooted in the western missionaries do not work in today’s experience of the Burmese people, both Christians and non-Christians. Today the Burmese people are experiencing political,... Topics: Karen (Southeast Asian people)--Missions, Missions--Burma, Christianity and culture--Burma,...
Another way of putting this is I am not speaking of discovery. Rather, it is revelation. Something existed in the situations of some people in a certain place long before I found it and declared it important to me. I am in the vulnerable position of colonialist. The northern world is finally hearing indigenous native peoples describe the devastating results to them of being “discovered” by European colonizers. Whatever there is in my discernment, therefore, must be honored as a fragile... Topic: Church work--Community outreach.
No one (according to my research) has written about personal transformation with social transformation as the mission of the parish. No one has overlaid social transformation onto personal transformation in the context of parish life and mission. Theologian Richard Rohr (who forms much of his work from the spiritual insights of Thomas Merton) says, “true Christian spirituality requires both an inner journey to the depth of the soul and an outer journaey to the broken of society. Where the two... Topic: Grace Episcopal Church (Millbrook, N.Y.)
"Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues" is a two part work focused on two groups of women and their stories, spiritual formation, ministry and struggles. The first part consists of interviews with five of the first eleven African American women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The second section looks at the ministry of some of my colleagues, whose paths I have crossed during our ministry, who have or are working in all or... Topic: African American women--Religious life
The vast discrepancy between the number of lesbian clergy who are out, employed and valued and the majority who are forced to remain closeted to retain the respect they have earned is staggering in both number and implication. Denominations that officially refuse to ordain “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” are accepting them into the ranks of the clergy by the score as long as they remain closeted. Their gifts in ministry are clearly valued and their “calls” affirmed. This fact... Topic: Lesbian clergy.
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract. Topic: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Drawing on over three years of ministry in the virtual world of Second Life as a case study, this thesis explores the question, “Is online ministry ethical and effective for the spiritual development of individuals in the formation of a faith community?” We explore why many people are suspicious of the possibility of relating to others in virtual reality. Addressing the obvious issues of perceived and real anonymity, we consider how virtual relationships are similar and different to... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Virtual reality--Religious aspects, Second Life (Game), Shared...
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. I am not convinced that both sacraments have... Topic: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church.
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract Topic: Feminist theology.
Biblical reading strategies are continually emerging for oppressed peoples, including Latina/os and LGBT folk. The indigenous principle of nepantla (middle space) serves as a distinct and profitable hermeneutic in defining the unique queer Latina/o experience and opens the door to beneficial biblical reading strategies. When using queer experiences of indigenous Mesoamerica to inform and expand cultural memory, queer Latina/os are able to develop biblical reading strategies that affirm rather... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Bible--Hermeneutics, Hispanic American theology, Hispanic American...
"The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) is a fledgling church in the Catholic tradition establishing its identity in the United States. As a nascent organization, it presently lacks the structure for educating its clergy. Currently, most of the clergy and membership were formed in the Roman Catholic Church and because TOCCUSA envisions a more inclusive, welcoming and contemporary Catholic Church, a new model of ministry better reflecting its ethos is desired.... Topics: Old Catholic Church in America, Catholic traditionalist movement, Independent Catholic Churches,...
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes. Newcomers may arrive... Topic: Art and religion.
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told. This is because stories have a strong... Topic: Martha, Saint.
The author proposes a, “Reading in Retreat,” a three day retreat based on one of Hildegard‟s most holistic symbols- viriditas, greenness, the effective presence and working of the Holy Spirit in creation and in our spiritual lives.8Viriditas belongs to a group of symbols (a symbol cluster) that evoke wholeness and salvation. The retreat explores the symbol itself, how Hildegard uses this symbol, and how it supports a healthy spirituality. By focusing on a particular symbol, we can learn... Topics: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179, Spiritual life, Spiritual formation
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract. Topic: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract. Topic: Christianity and culture.
My hope is that an anti-racism education program offered to Christians in a predominantly white suburban community will motivate them to truly follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who created an inclusive community of faithful people, regardless of their race, social or religious staus, or gender. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, thee is nom longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) What follows is the result of a... Topic: Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity.
"This thesis argues that infant male circumcision is a legitimate and relevant social issue for the field of Christian ethics, and analyzes the range of contemporary Christian responses to circumcision in the United States, both academic and popular. Christianity played a role in the rise of secular medical circumcision in the Victorian period, and many American Christians practice circumcision today. Christians who oppose circumcision can productively assist the gradual, voluntary... Topics: Circumcision, Circumcision--Religious aspects--Christianity, Circumcision--Moral and ethical aspects
In My Father’s House: An African American Male Ministry” is a work designed to fully empower a segment of God’s creation for the work of ministry in and out of the institutional church. It is my belief that there is a significant and underutilized community of potential believers who if empowered will be strong and faithful witnesses to God’s power and glory. It is my belief that working with African American men through retreats, prayer groups, fellowship and service opportunities, we... Topic: African American men--Religious life.
Investigate what I would call “helping” or “healing” relationships between survivors and their “allies,” focusing in particular on those of us who profess religious, spiritual or theological dimensions in our work. Because we allies operate in many different arenas: social work, pastoral care, political advocacy, education, religious congregations, psychotherapy and spiritual direction, for example, I am interested in exploring what may be our common experiences of trauma and... Topic: Psychic trauma--Treatment development--Religious aspects--Christianity.
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract. Topic: Part-time employment.
The purpose of writing the thesis that follows is to begin to lay a foundation for a Christian practice of sustainable agriculture. -- Abstract Topic: Sustainable development--Religious aspects--Christianity.
The impetus for this thesis was the 2004 grassroots effort to defeat Amendment 1 in my home state of Georgia. During that experience I witnessed some of the unfinished racial and relational work that exists between members of the African American and GLBT communities as well as the tension of those who identify as both African American and GLBT. This paper offers insights regarding some of the similarities and differences of the Civil Rights and Gay Rights Movements in order to continue the... Topic: Perry, Troy D.
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract Topic: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections. Such is not the case, however,... Topic: Irigaray, Luce.
"This thesis gathers the experiences of a small number of Chinese Americans who, like myself, came to be members of Episcopal congregations that were largely non- Chinese. It makes no claim to be a comprehensive or authoritative “study” of all Chinese Americans in the Episcopal Church. I call the six people who shared their voices Dialog Partners rather than “research subjects.” The Dialog Partners’ voices and my own are put in conversation with literature selected from Asian... Topics: Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries, Asian-American Protestants--Religious life--United States, Chinese...
In this paper I will look at pedagogical models that make space for mutual support and encouragement, interactive dialogical learning, respectful conversation and the formation of community within the learning environment. These principles are described as feminist and anti-oppression in their focus particularly because they value the voice and opinion of all and specifically make space for marginalized opinions, views that do not coincide with the values and focus of dominant cultural... Topic: Feminist liberation theology--Study and teaching.
A reflection on stories of anger within the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly as they relate to women, some of the history of the theology and ethics of anger, and finally, on the psychological, pastoral, and even health consequences for women of the expression and repression of anger.--Abstract. Topic: Jesus Christ--Person and offices
Trust is the key to the success of the Metropolitan Community Chruches (MCC) as a denomination and a movement. There are so many things MCC needs in order to succeed, but I am convinced that trust and trustworthy leadership is not just a key, but THE key. Exploring the concept of trust from the viewpoint of experts in organizational development, business, and theology will be central to this project. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church.
Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract. Topic: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an... Topic: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States.
Recently, I spent nearly five months on mission pilgrimage in Aotearoa/New Zealand … During my mission I had the honour of spending a good deal of time within Nga Tikanga Maori, the Maori branch of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. I listened carefully to both verbal and non-verbal communications regarding identity and theology; seeking the ways in which persons and communities interface their Christian faith with their personal and communal realities. As I worked,... Topic: Maori (New Zealand people)--Missions.
What does it mean to transport the methodology and insights of feminist liberation theology into another venue? Specifically, can my faith community, Metropolitan Community Church, benefit from a theology of liberation constructed using feminist liberation theology as a model? I believe the answer is an unqualified “YES!” I came to the Episcopal Divinity School to study theology from within my own context and praxis of Metropolitan Community Church; and I hoped to begin to construct a... Topic: Metropolitan Community Church--Liberation theology.
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people... Topic: Church of South India--United States.
The aim of this project is to put forth an approach to learning and teaching for professional development and continuing professional education among clergy in the Episcopal Church. Its interests are in the educational issues at stake in the design and process of professional development events for clergy, and its hope is to elucidate some of these issues. Topic: Episcopal Church -- Clergy
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts. We seek that... Topic: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy.
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church
"In this thesis I explore how support for the spiritual development of students in secular colleges and universities is evolving, particularly in response to the increased diversity of the student population and the rising numbers of religiously unaffiliated students, many of whom are disinterested in, even hostile to, religion. To serve this population, some chaplains are shifting their primary focus to interfaith dialog, service to others, and the exploration of questions of meaning and... Topics: Spiritual life, College students--Religious life--United States, Universities and colleges--United...
Hildegard of Bingen, famous in her lifetime as a prophet and composer of music, poetry, and books, left a collection of sermons which she had given to her nuns. The purpose of this paper is to locate these sermons within the culture in which they were performed, to examine how Hildegard uses symbols in the composing of these sermons, and speculate on how this knowledge might help preachers effectively and ethically evangelize. The particular lens through which I will conduct this analysis will... Topic: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179
The major premise in my thesis is that Jesus’ universal paradigm of ministry liberates and re-creates Confuncianized Koreans. It is symbolized in the new worship model of observing all that Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20. My assumption is that a worship form should be considered as culmination of ministry or symbolic of a ministerial system. – Abstract. Topic: Jesus Christ--Teachings
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract. Topic: UN Millennium Project
A presentation of the experiences of Taiwanese women in the Christian church as a small contribution to Taiwanese Christian women and to the global women's movement. - Abstract. Topic: Christianity--Taiwan.
Good genes: Emerging Values for Science, Religion and Society is a group study guide and resource book for ethical deliberation and discussion about issues raised by recent developments in molecular biology, genetics and technology as these effect humankind. Everyone who makes choices or decisions which affect our own lives and the lives of others, and this includes all of us, has experience in ethics and therefore should be invited to approach this curriculum as equals, as learners from each... Topic: Medical ethics